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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, January 17, 2006
    Thoughts on the five stars of Norris Green
     
    Spent part of the day with the Church Action on Poverty group considering plans to host a conference on the theme What Makes a Good City?. Which is one way to try to get the grassroots voice into the Capital of Culture / culture of capital conversation. Another way is to utilise the opportunity afforded by five Thoughts for the Day, which I've been asked to do for radio broadcast next week. My inspiration is yesterday's blog topic - the five stars of Norris Green have each provided me with the material for 100 seconds of breakfast-show reflection:
    Eddie Yates (Geoffrey Hughes) - on why we love the loveable rogue;
    Joe Royle - on schoolboy ambition and going the extra mile on the bus;
    Hilda Ogden (Jean Alexander) - on getting your words out however daft they sound;
    Steve Coppell - on overcoming prejudice and injury to succeed;
    Ian McCulloch - on being ridiculously proud of where you come from...